Come to a meeting of concerned Great Falls citizens who are working to improve the deterioration of our streams and woodlands, the erosion and sediment contamination this contributes into the Potomac and Chesapeake Bay, and the destruction of our woodlands that is caused by poor storm water management practices in our County, having disproportionate impact in Great Falls.
On February 13 at 7:30 p.m. in the Great Falls Library, the Senior Conservation Specialist of the Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District, Willie Wood, will meet with the Storm Water Management Subcommittee of the Great Falls Citizens Association (GFCA) to begin an effort to develop and implement voluntary best practice guidelines for homeowners, HOAs and turf management companies to better manage storm water runoff. This will include environmentally friendly turf management practices and attractive and innovative landscaping measures such as rain gardens. We see this as an educational initiative.
The Storm Water Management Subcommittee also intends to select one or more ponds in Great Falls as demonstration projects where the best practice guidelines we develop will be applied to show how we as citizens can improve our own water quality. The Subcommittee would also like to develop some form of recognition for homeowners and HOAs who embrace these best practices.
We are also working to study County storm water management practices to seek improvements. More information on GFCA’s Storm Water Management initiative is on our website (gfca.org).
Join us at this meeting on February 13 – learn about the storm water problem, and help us kick-start this important effort to improve the quality of the water in our streams and ponds right here in Great Falls. The meeting is open to the public, and all are welcome.